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Welcome to


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy based in Ipswich, Suffolk



Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a predominantly ground based martial art, which uses leverage, angles, pressure and timing, to achieve a non violent submission of an opponent. Unlike other martial arts that focus on strikes or kicks, BJJ focuses on close contact “grappling” holds and techniques, alongside chokes and joint manipulations.


Learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the best investments in yourself, physically and mentally. You will learn how to defend yourself against attackers, this martial art allows weaker and smaller opponents to dominate bigger ones and you will feel more confident in a bad situation.

Not only will you learn to fight but you will get fit during the process! BJJ will improve all areas of your fitness and you will see the impact of your training on your body if you continue with regular classes. You will get stronger, faster and more flexible. 


The mental benefits are what gets the most recognition in BJJ. As you learn to become comfortable in uncomfortable positions your mental resilience increases, which will continue off the mats. By challenging yourself regularly, your ability to focus increases and you become more present in the moment. These are known benefits to reduce anxiety and depression and part of what makes BJJ so addictive. 

Jiu Jitsu isn't just a sport - its a way of life!

I wanted to get back into BJJ after lockdown rules had eased and came to Fortitude. Both Gary and Liam are brilliant instructors, and members there are all friendly and supportive. Whether you're completely new to BJJ or have done this before, would definitely recommend.

Jimmy Ha

Highly recommend! Incredible group to train with… BJJ something I’ve wanted to start for a long time and this was the perfect place and opportunity to start my journey. As a new comer I was welcomed into the tribe right away. If like me you’re thinking about it just do it and thank me later.

Curtley Williams


As a female, it can be quite intimidating to join a club. However, everyone here is so welcoming, supportive and friendly, it's like a big family. Although I started the classes knowing nothing about BJJ, the coaches, Gary and Liam, are patient, knowledgeable and helpful. I highly recommend this club!

Emily S

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